Planning, Productivity, Simple life

The Joys of Planning

Planning is defined by the Collins Dictionary as “the process of deciding in detail how to do something before you actually start to do it.” This applies to all aspects of our life, work, home, family and also personal planning such as career goals and aspirations, fitness goals or financial goals. I’ve always found planning to be important, but mostly in regards to what needs doing to keep the home and family ticking over or to get work done on time.

What I’ve realised, that if I want to move forward in life, then I need to also plan to achieve what I want. So much of what I’ve read and listened to in recent months, has talked about the importance of living intentionally, that your actions need to be aligned to how you want to be in the world and the kind of life you want to lead. Obviously, this needs thought and planning. As they say, if you don’t know where you’re heading, how are you ever going to get there?

So I need to combine a number of aspects in my planning – to keep on top of tasks and appointments that are important to me and my family, but also plan to try and reach my goals. At the moment, I am using a few different tools to keep on track of this. I’d love to be able to merge it all into one system, but I have no clue how! So my current system looks like this:

  1. A Hobonichi Weeks 2020 planner – just love the Tomoe River paper – this is what I carry with me every day, it holds my To-Do lists & appointments.
  2. A Legend Planner – this allows for reflection and goal planning, on a monthly and 3 monthly basis.
  3. Good old Google Calendar – so that my appointments are on my phone too, and I can get notifications and reminders. It’s also where I schedule in time to work on my goals.

So that’s where I’m at. It still doesn’t feel very simple!! I have 3 goals that I’m working on over the next 3 months and am also planning a 20 in 2020 list – of activities and goals that I’d like to achieve in 2020. At some point, once I’ve finished it, I might post it and then I can update throughout the year. We’ll have to see.

If anyone has a way of getting planning down to one book, then please let me know. I’ve tried bullet journalling, but the forward planning in that system just doesn’t work for me. I need a month-to-view but also space for daily pages, task and To-Do lists and a bit of a habit tracker.

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